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Final production version of strking four-wheeled quadracycle revealed at Paris; on sale 2012
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30 September 2010

The final production version of the innovative Renault Twizy concept has been revealed at the Paris motor show.

Renault says the compact (2320mm long, 1191mm wide, 1461mm high) all-electric Twizy offers scooter-like performance around town but with increased safety and protection.

The fundamental design of last year’s Frankfurt show concept has carried over into production, including that car’s gullwing doors.

See the official pics of the new Renault Twizy - now including even more Paris show pics

The Twizy has space for two occupants sitting in tandem and has an enveloping body to help keep the elements out. Additional lower body panels can be fitted to offer increased protection from the weather.

A lithium-ion battery powers a 20bhp electric motor. Peak torque of 42lb ft is available from 0rpm to provide “crisp and brisk” performance for the 450kg Twizy in traffic; its top speed is 47mph, while some markets will also get a 28mph version.

Its range is claimed to be 60 miles and a full charge takes three and a half hours. It is charged using an on-board retractable cable stored beneath a flap at the front of the vehicle.

Customers will be able to customise the Twizy’s design, something showcased in the three Paris show cars, which have been fitted out in special Renault Design liveries.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Renault Twizy

Safety equipment on the Twizy includes a driver’s airbag, a four-point harness in the front and a three-point safety belt in the rear. The outboard position of the four wheels and lateral beams either side of the chassis help protect the occupants in impacts, including those from the side. Disc brakes feature all round.

Despite being registered as a scooter-like ‘quadracycle’, there will be no legal reuiqmrent for the occupants to wear sfartey clothing or crash helmets. And as it won’t be registered as car, it won’t qualify for the government’s £5000 electric car grant.

The Twizy will reach UK showrooms in the first quarter of 2012, costing from around £6000.

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30 September 2010

I'm confused. Are those:

a. Proper doors that keep out rain and

b. Does it have a heater?

30 September 2010

[quote RobotBoogie] Are those proper doors that keep out rain?[/quote]The theory is, if you can walk without a hot water bottle stuffed down your trousers while carrying an umbrella then you can drive a Twizy which is, in effect, a motorised umbrella. And it will cost far less to buy and run than a new city car. That'll suit many folk, not only those living in the South of France. Full doors are an extra, and will add weight reducing battery duration.

30 September 2010

We live in the land of universal central heating and miserable winters. There's no chance of shifting a car in the UK that isn't waterproof and doesn't have a heater. However, fix those two things, which shouldn't be too tricky, and you have quite an interesting proposition.

30 September 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]fix those two things,[/quote]They are "fixed". Read the article.

30 September 2010

[quote Los Angeles]They are "fixed". Read the article.[/quote]

The article mentions neither heater nor makes it specifically clear what degree of weather protection is provided. Instead there are lots of fudge phrases like "enveloping body to keep the elements out" that sound like they were transplanted straight from the press release.

So, please, save you attitude.

30 September 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]Save you attitude.[/quote]I'd rather save my time for more productive discussion: "additional lower body panels can be fitted to offer increase protection from the weather." Okay, not a full door. Then again, we didn't have full doors on veteran cars, but canvas drapes instead. Drivers and passengers wore stout clothing.

Clearly, this city "pod" is designed as rudimentary transportation, without need for all-enclosing weather protection, rather like a scooter, a vehicle no one proclaims totally useless in British weather. It should be judged on that basis. To criticise it for something it is not designed to be is ... oh, forget it. Is that the time already?

30 September 2010

Oh fercrissakes, the original article offered no such clarity on either weather protection or heating which is why I posted asking if anyone could provide any clarification, which you have been unable to provide. Bad attitude and end of discussion.

30 September 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]I posted asking anyone could provide clarification. Bad attitude[/quote]Bad temper. If you don't want don't ask.

30 September 2010

I like the idea, but at 450kgs its stupidly heavy or underpowered with 20bhp.

It needn't just be a city vehicle it could be ideal as cheap rural transport. Great for narrow winding lanes.

But it needs 3 times the power for that weight to be used outside a city.

Bigger motor please Renault. and a gas turbine borrowed from jaguar.

30 September 2010

[quote iploss]It needn't just be a city vehicle [/quote]

And yet that's exactly what it is. In no way is it pretending to be any more than that.

20bhp and 60Km of range are just fine for city driving, and it's a damn good idea.


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